Problem Solver

Ephesians 1: 15 – 18

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you . . .

All Good

Psalm 119: 68

Thou art good and do good.

St. Patrick

Psalm 23: 1 – 3

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Knowing God’s Voice

Matthew 18: 16

…so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Alone Again, Naturally

Matthew 28: 20

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Appointed and Anointed

Exodus 35: 30 – 31

Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, “See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And He has . . .

Bedtime Stories

Matthew 14: 25

And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea

Sin and Salvation

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Give it Up!

Ephesians 2: 22 & 24

In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self . . . and put on the new self.

Help My Unbelief

Mark 9: 24

Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”

Chasing God

1 Chronicles 28: 9 

If you seek him, you will find him.

To the Winners

2 Corinthians 10: 5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Giver of Good   

James 1: 17

Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

Tabula Rasa

1 Peter 1: 3

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been . . .

Merry Christmas

Luke 2: 19 Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Mary never lost sight of the miracle child and his mission.  She kept all the words spoken about him and all the prophecies safely hidden in her heart.  Of course she did, you might think but it is a harder thing than one might consider. We know his story and have witnessed his miracles in our own lives, and yet, the enormity of it sometimes slips through our fingers during the hulabalu that is everyday life.  It is easy to lose sight of the miraculous power that is

Happy Tidings to All

Luke 2: 10 

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Manger to Messiah

Galatians 4: 4

But when the right time came, God send his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.

Made Alive

Romans 6: 6 – 7

Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

Hang On

Hebrews 10: 23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.


Galatians 3: 6 – 7

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.

Higher Ground

Ephesians 2: 3

Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

The God Version

John 14: 20

On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I in you.

Getting to Know You

1 Chronicles 28: 9

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him.”

Power and Life

Psalm 19: 7 – 8

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple, the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.


Isaiah 50: 4

He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple, the Lord God has opened my ear.

Rich in Mercy

Ephesians 2: 4 – 5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

Peace, Peace

Isaiah 9: 6

For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us . . . and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.


Philippians 2: 3 – 4

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Bless the Lord

Matthew 5: 48

Therefore, you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

What a crazy thing for Jesus to say!

Speaking, Listening

Proverb 10: 19 – 21

When there are many words, wrongdoing is unavoidable, but one who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is like. . .

Big Dreams

Psalm 37: 4

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

This certainly sounds like good news to me. You? And yet, I wonder.

Living Seed

1 Peter 1: 23

For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is through the living and abiding word of God.


1 Chronicles 15:13

“It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.”

Partnering with Christ

Matthew 11: 28 – 30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Come Nap

Matthew 11: 28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Behold the Victory

1 Chronicles 20: 12 & 15

“Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

15 “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude for the battle is not yours but God’s.”


Psalm 25: 4 – 5 

Make your ways known to me, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me because you are God, my savior. I wait all day long for you.


Psalm 27: 13 – 14

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.


Galatians 5: 1

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.


Galatians 6: 7 & 9

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

It’s For You!

Psalm 27: 7 – 9

Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!

The One Thing

Luke 10: 41 – 42

But answering her, the Lord said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and bothered about many things; but only one thing is necessary.

Deliver Me

Psalm 22: 24

For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from him; but when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

Second Chance

Mark 10: 22

But he was deeply dismayed by these words, and he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

Broke and Busted

Mark 10: 17 – 21

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”


Romans 8: 37

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

Wrath or Love

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

The Widow’s Mite

1 Kings 17: 8 – 16

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in you hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first, and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.’”

Fire and Ashes

Leviticus 9: 10

On the altar he burned . . .

The Established Throne

Isaiah 16: 5

When oppression and destruction have ceased and enemy raiders have disappeared, then David’s throne will be established by love. From that throne, a faithful king will reign, one who always does what is just and right.

Being Right

Romans 10: 3

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Getting it Right

Matthew 6: 5

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Making it Real

Matthew 6: 2

So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Practice Makes Perfect

Matthew 6: 1

Take care not to practice your righteousness in the sight of people, to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

Pigs & Pearls

Proverb 23: 9

Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.

Business Partner

John 15: 5

Apart from me you can do nothing

You Win

Romans 8: 28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Prayer Temple

2 Chronicles 7: 15

My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

Omnipresent Love

Romans 8: 35

Who shall separate us from the love Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Light in the Darkness

Romans 2: 19

[A]nd are confident that you yourself are a guide to people who are blind, a light to those in darkness.

Story Time

Jude 20 – 21

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Let’s Go!

Habakkuk 2: 2

Then the LORD answered me and said, “Write down the vision and inscribe it clearly on tablets, so that one who reads it may run.”

Ask and Receive

James 4: 2

You don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them.

Great News

Acts 18: 6

And when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean. From now on I shall go to the Gentiles.”

Happiest New Year

I received a New Year’s blessing from a friend who wished me the best year of all in 2023.  It is a wonderful sentiment, even if  not completely unique; and not unique because it is the premier wish we have for our friends.  This time, the cherished good sentiment hit me differently.  Normally I would simply set my heart in agreement.  This time, though, I asked myself what that would mean.  Would I make more money, more friends, accomplish some big goal, perform better athletically, feel better physically?  What would make 2023 the best year ever?  Are you looking for

Merry Christmas

John 15: 9

Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love.

Priority One

Acts 18: 5

But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.


Mark 4: 24

And He was saying to them,. . . “By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.”

My God 

Philippians 4: 18

But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied.

Assigned Seating

Ephesians 1: 20-22

He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.

Ephesians 2: 6

. . . and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.

White as Snow

Isaiah 59: 1 – 2

Behold the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.

Above and Beyond

Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

Blessed of the Lord

Genesis 26: 28 – 29

And they said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.’”

My Own

Psalm 105: 14 -15

He permitted no man to oppress them, and He reproved kings for their sakes: “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”


Psalm 46: 1 – 3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.

Just Passin’ Through

Isaiah 43: 2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched.

Blessed to Bless

Genesis 12: 3

And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you, I will curse.

Effect of Wisdom

Nehemiah 10: 39

Thus we will not neglect the house of our God.

Partnership II

Proverb 2: 6 -7

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.

He is the wisdom and the plan. You are the hands and feet. Let Him instruct you. Then . . .


Psalm 115: 16

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of mankind.

Speaking Wisdom

Proverb 2: 6 -7

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.

Lord, Lord

Luke 6: 46

And why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?

Will He or Won’t He?

Luke 6: 7

And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely, to see if He healed on the Sabbath.

From Glory to Glory

Luke 6: 12

And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.

Unusual Kindness

Luke 6: 35

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great; and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Great Compassion

Isaiah 49: 10

They will not hunger or thirst, neither will the scorching heat or sun strike them down; for He who has compassion on them will lead them and will guide them to springs of water.


Revelation 12: 9

. . . Satan who deceives the whole world.

The Word is Love

John 1: 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God is not judgment, anger or correction. He is . . .

One and the Same

1 John 4: 17

By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

We discover that love abides in us because God abides in us and God is love.

Love Is . . .

1 John 4: 8

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.


Philippians 2: 9 -10

Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth.


Philippians 2: 8

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


Philippians 2: 7 [He] emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Jesus was, and is, and always will be. He was with God at the creation of the world. He sat in the high places with God, and He was God. And yet, he emptied Himself of His deity and came to earth in the form of a bond-servant. Why? No one less than the very Son of God was good enough for God to send into the earth for the redemption of each and every one of us. And what

Will Do

John 14: 13 – 14

And whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Hindered but not Stopped

Daniel 10: 12

“Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.”

Enter In

Deuteronomy 1: 21

See, the Lord your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

This is the word of the Lord for you today.

The Day of Trouble

Psalm 20: 1

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

Transformed Thought

Romans 12: 2

Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

First Things First

Matthew 6: 33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.

Healing Devotions

I hope you enjoyed the healing series from the Word of the Day.  I pray you got something out of it. I appreciate, though, that it encompassed much material and requires time to assimilate.  Transforming our thoughts doesn’t happen overnight.  You can read a scripture, engage with it and then the very next day have your thoughts fly in absolute contradiction to it.  That is why we meditate on scriptures and spend time with them. Because there was so much information and so many scriptures, I have created a new tool for you.  The entire healing series is now available

Which Way?

Numbers 5: 39

Obey his commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways, as you are prone to do.

Nellie and Pam

Joshua 14: 7

I returned and gave from my heart a good report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people and discouraged them.

The catch

John 21: 3 – 6

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are also coming with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.

But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find the fish.” So they cast it, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great quantity of fish.

Get Blessed

Exodus 22: 29

Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.

Faith Calls

Luke 18: 40

Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him.


Hebrews 13: 8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

Be Healed

Acts 10: 38

You know of Jesus of Nazareth . . . and how He went about . . . healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.


Hebrews 10: 35

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

Hang On!

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

I’m Just Sayin’

Revelations 12:11

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.

Heart Guard

Philippians 4: 6 – 7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Luke 13: 32

“Behold, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I reach My goal.”

Let Him Call

James 5: 14 – 15

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.

Sustained and Whole

Psalm 41: 3

The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, you restore him to health.

Did you know that right now, wherever you are . . .

Shift Gears

Psalm 30: 2

O Lord my God, I cried out to you for help, and you healed me.

Who killed Jesus?

Acts 2: 23

“With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.”

Deliberate Faith

Luke 8: 46 

But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”

I think we just need to be more stubborn and more determined.

The River of God

Ezekiel 47: 9

So where the river flows everything will live.

There is a river of life, and it heals and blesses everything it touches.

Truth about Words

Proverb 16: 24 

Pleasant words are like honey from a honeycomb – sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.

Were Therefore, Are

1 Peter 2: 24

For by His wounds you were healed.

Poisoned Stew

2 Kings 4: 38 – 41 

Elisha now returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. One day as the group of prophets was seated before him, he said to his servant, “Put a large pot on the fire, and make some stew for the rest of the group.” One of the young men went out into the field to gather herbs and came back with a pocketful of wild gourds. He shredded them and put them into the pot without realizing they were poisonous. Some of the stew was served to the men. But after they had eaten a bite or two they cried out, “Man of God, there’s poison in this stew!” So they would not eat it. Elisha said, “Bring me some flour.” Then he threw it into the pot and said, “Now it’s all right; go ahead and eat.” And then it did not harm them.

Healing Shepherd

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Healing Faith

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Faith in the Blessing

Galatians 3:13 – 14

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” – in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Refreshing Wisdom

Proverb 3: 7 – 8

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

Every Disease

Matthew 4: 23

Jesus was going about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.


Malachi 4: 2

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.

Calling All Believers!

Matthew 9: 28, 21: 22

And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this? If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Hold On Brother!!!

2 Corinthians 9: 6 – 8

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

Healing Weapons

2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

. . . all those mental gymnastics, must be brought to kneel at Jesus’ feet.


Luke 6: 12

Now it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray.


Romans 12: 1 – 2 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. There are two aspects of these verses that are important for health and healing and they both point to our obligations. The hard truth is that we are responsible for our

Healing Spirit

Romans 8:11

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your moral bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.

Calling Those Things

Romans 4: 17 – 21

17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the sight of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.
18 In hope against hope he believed, in order that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So shall you descendants be.”
19 And without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
21 and being fully assure that what He had promised, He was able to perform.


John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.


Mark 16:17 – 18

And these signs will accompany those who have believed; in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Mountains, Again?

Mark 11: 23 – 24

“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, is shall be granted you. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.

What do You Want?

Matthew 21: 21 – 22

“Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the seas,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

Let’s Agree

Matthew 18: 19

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.”


Matthew 8:2-3

And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

If you had any doubts about Jesus’ willingness to heal you . . .


Mathew 8:16 -17

And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.”

Integrated Word

Jeremiah 30:17

For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds.

This verse is special to me among the healing verses and here is why.

Make the Call

Jeremiah 1:12

You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.

God is scanning the whole earth watching and listening for people who will call on His Word.

God with Us

Isaiah 53: 4-5

Surely our griefs (sickness) He Himself bore, and our sorrows (pains) He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging (stripes) we are healed.

There are reasons for every part of Jesus arrest, sentencing and crucifixion.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am you God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

You know, I am quite fond of giving you tools, and today’s verse is a strong one. Here is what I want you to do . . .

Fruitful Speech

Proverb 18:20-21

With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.

There is nothing in God’s Kingdom that is not hinged on our word and His.


2 Kings 20: 5

Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.”

Joyful Medicine

Proverb 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine.

Life and Health

Proverb 4:20-22

20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.

Live or Die

Psalm 118:17

I shall not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord.

Healing Word

Psalm 107:20

He sent His word and healed them.

In the beginning was the Word . . . and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us

This is my very favorite healing verse. I just love this it.

Forget Not

Psalm 103:1 – 3

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget none of His benefits.
3 Who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases.

Fully appreciate the benefits.


Psalm 91:16

With a long life I will satisfy him.

Hey, forget this sickness business. Let’s just leave that to the Egyptians. Let’s live in the promise of God, intertwine our lives around Jesus and get full and satisfied. Yeah, I like that!


Job 22:28

You will also decree a thing and it will be established.

This may be the most important verse in the whole series.

Promises, Promises

1 Kings 8:56

Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.

My Valentine

My Valentine for God Will you please take this heart of mine? Place it in your garden of love; Please water it well with kindness And feed with wisdom from above. Take the ugliness from within, Replace with understanding and light; Then each day bless and hallow it, That it may rest in peace at night. Alma Hopkins I am going to take a pause from our healing scriptures to send you this special Valentine. This is another of those newspaper clippings found recently. There is no telling how long ago this was clipped from the paper or even which

Long and Full

Exodus 23: 26

I will give you long, full lives.

One cannot pray in faith for healing if he has the misconception that God created his sickness.

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you many live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding close to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, so that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.

Healthy Blessing

Deuteronomy 28: 2,3, 5, 14 – 17, 61 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the Lord your God. 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 14 And do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. 15 But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God,

Promised Health

Deuteronomy 7:15

“And the Lord will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.”

God is removing sickness from among us, as He promised to do. Our part in the bargain seems to be listening to His commands and faithfully obeying them.

Kneading Bowl

Exodus 23: 25

But you shall serve the Lord your God and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.

Do you think it sounds silly to pray about food?

Egypt and Goshen

Exodus 15:26

And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

In the Beginning

John 1: 1

In the beginning was the Word.

Prayer Relief

Job 42: 10

When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes.

I can imagine how little Job wanted to pray for them too. He must have thought some choice things when God told him to pray for those fools. Fortunately, though, Job obeyed.

Read and Review

Habakkuk 2: 2

Write down the vision and inscribe it clearly on tablets, so that one who reads it may run.

Fourteen days later, I reviewed my written goals and realized . . .

The Love of Salvation

1 John 4: 8

God is love.

I believe in love. I believe in a Father who gave His son specifically to save us. It stands to reason, then, that He has plenty of methods in place to assure that people get the chance to meet Jesus.

The Great Secret

Colossians 1: 27

For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory.

God is Missing

Job 23: 2

If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his throne and talk with him there.


Ephesians 1: 7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.


Colossians 1: 11 

We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.

Give What you Have

Genesis 40: 8

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

The Blessing at Work

Genesis 39: 4 – 5

Joseph naturally became quite a favorite with him. Potiphar soon put Joseph in charge of his entire household and entrusted him with all his business dealings. From the day Joseph was put in charge the Lord began to bless Potiphar for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs began to run smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.

The Blessing Works

Genesis 39: 2 – 3

The Lord was with Joseph and blessed him greatly as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.


Ephesians 3: 17

And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.

Seek and Go Find

1 Chronicles 28: 9

If you seek Him, He will let you find Him.

Whether you are Jewish, Baptist, Pentecostal or any of a myriad of belief systems, it all comes down to this quite simple principle . . .

Public Defenders

Proverb 31: 8 – 9

Open your mouth for the people who cannot speak, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Morning Devotion

Psalm 63: 1 

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.

This Love

Proverb 6: 16

There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven that are disgusting to him.

Growing or Going

Joshua 22: 24

“We were worried because of the situation we’re in. We thought sometime in the future your children might say to our children, ‘What relationship do you have with the Lord God of Israel?’”

Meditative Journaling

Psalm 77:6

I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, and my spirit ponders.

Journaling with Jesus is different than the type of journaling most of us learned initially. This type of journaling is actually . . .

Tired and Weary

Proverb 30: 1 – 3


Ephesians 3: 16

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.

Smell the Roses, Enjoy the View

Ephesians 3: 14 – 15 

When I think of the wisdom and scope of god’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

Good Year

Habakkuk 2:2

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write down the vision and inscribe it clearly on tablets, so that one who reads it may run.”

Shining light

Matthew 5:16

Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Happy New Year

Revelation 21:5

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Merry Christmas

  Amongst all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season, I hope you find time to sit and savor all of the beauty of the holiday.  Breathe in the aromas, delight in the flavors.  Let your eyes feast on the twinkle of lights and colorful decorations.  I hope you enjoy every single silly and whimsical delight of this festive time of year.  I also pray that you find time to let your spirit drink in the deepest joy and greatest love.  I pray that your spirit will be as sensitive and tender as it was when you were a

Glory and Joy

Luke 2: 6 – 18

Christmas Survival Plan

Proverb 29: 9

When a wise person has a controversy with a foolish person, the foolish person either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Home Town

Psalm 68: 18

He ascends into the heavenly heights, taking his many captured ones with him, leading them in triumphal procession. And gifts were given to men, even the once rebellious, so that they may dwell with Yah.

In and Through

Ephesians 4: 6 

And he is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!

It is, in fact, the New Covenant in a word . . .

The Way

James 5: 14

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

James 4: 17

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Humility and Grace

Proverb 3: 34

God treats the arrogant as they treat others, mocking the mockers, scorning the scornful, but He pours out His grace on the humble.

Trusting God

Proverb 28: 25 

An arrogant and greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be blessed and prosper.

Party Invitation

Ephesians 3: 12

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Jesus is the reason for the season, but . . .


Ephesians 3: 6

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.


Psalm 27: 14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.


Psalm 32: 8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will advise you with My eye upon you.

He must keep an eye on us to make sure we don’t walk off any cliffs.

Mirror, Mirror

Proverb 27: 19

As in water a face reflects the face, so the heart of a person reflects the person.

Feeling Good

Proverb 3: 27

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

I say, let’s give until it feels really good, until we feel the blessing of God ignited within us.

Meaning of life

1 Peter 2:9

But you are A CHOSEN PEOPLE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Buzz Lightyear

Proverb 18: 2

A fool finds no delight in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Peculiar people

Deuteronomy 14: 2

For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

The Good Silver

Proverb 26: 23

Like a clay pot covered with cheap silver, so is smooth talk that covers up an evil heart.

Happy Thanksgiving

Ephesians 5: 20

 Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Discipleship II

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to one another, since you stripped off the old self with its evil practices.

We cannot be both renewed ambassadors of the Messiah and . . .


Matthew 16: 24

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.”

Discipleship kinda flies in the face of our individualistic approach to life . . .

Weakness to Grace

Proverb 25: 21 – 22

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

He has blanketed us with His grace so . . .


Acts 9: 36

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which when translated means Dorcas); this woman was excelling in acts of kindness and charity which she did habitually.


James 1: 22

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves.

Saul, Saul

Acts 9: 1 – 2

Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them in shackles to Jerusalem.

Judgements Aside

Acts 10: 1 – 3

In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.

It is interesting to me that there are two stories in the Book of Acts about people receiving visions and . . .

No Gloating

Proverb 24: 17 – 18

Never gloat when your enemy meets disaster, and don’t be quick to rejoice if he falls. For the Lord, who sees your heart, will be displeased with you and will pity your foe.

High Way

Romans 8: 2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.


2 Corinthians 2: 14

But thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ.


Matthew 28: 19

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

My intention with this Word of the Day is . . .

Perfect Peace

John 16: 33

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world, [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you].

Well Ordered Life

Proverb 23: 12 

Live a more disciplined life, and listen carefully to words of knowledge.

There is so much we could discuss about living a disciplined life . . .

Advanced Wisdom

Proverb 1: 8-9

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not ignore your mother’s teaching; For they are a graceful wreath for your head and necklaces for your neck.

Why should we go through . . .

Of Friends and Family

Proverb 18: 24

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

David had a friend like this . . .

To Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 11: 16

People from every tribe of Israel who were determined to seek the Lord God of Israel followed the Levitical priests to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord God of their ancestors.

Generous Blessing

Deuteronomy 15: 10 

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

God wants to bless everything you touch.

Blessed Beyond Measure

Proverb 22: 9 

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

If I may, I would also like to be so honest as to say . . .

The Trinity

1 Corinthians 2: 10 – 13

God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God. After all, who knows everything about a person except that person’s own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God’s Spirit. Now, we didn’t receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. We don’t speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit’s teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit.

Leadership Altars

1 Kings 3: 3 – 5, 15

Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David. . . And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there . . . Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”

Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and held a feast for all his servants.


Proverb 20: 28

Good leadership is built on love and truth, for kindness and integrity are what keep leaders in their position of trust.

Leadership is hard . . .


Proverb 20: 19

One who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a gossip.

There is a Jewish concept called Loshon hora . . .

Trouble Trap

Proverb 21: 23 

Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

I think the secret to guarding one’s mouth is . . .


Philippians 4: 13

I can do all things.

Is God schizophrenic? Does the Bible set up a dichotomy telling us one thing and then the opposite?

Green Pastures

Luke 6: 38

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

If you read yesterday’s Word of the Day, you know that . . .


Luke 6: 46

“Now why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Jesus doesn’t demand you obey him because he is an egomaniac . . .

What was Once Golden

Luke 6: 31

Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.

It sounded so simple when we were children . . .

Living Lamp

Proverb 20: 27

The spirit God breathed into man is like a living lamp, a shining light, searching into the inner most chamber of our being.

Doing Christianity

James 1: 22

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves.

Each Word of the Day is an invitation to see . . .

Theology in Practice

Philippians 2: 3 – 4

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Love one another; just as I have loved you.

Just One Thing

John 13: 34 – 35

I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”

Promises, Promises

Psalm 119: 49

Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

These promises from God . . .

Truth be Told

Proverb 19: 5

A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who declares lies will not escape.

So, the difficulty is not in understanding. I mean face it; this passage is as clear as fine crystal. The hard part is obeying. We are like petulant children. We don’t want to grow up and face the consequences of our actions, so we lie about them.

Hovering Near

Isaiah 55:6

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.

It sounds like a Hallmark movie . . .

Wise Counsel

Proverb 12: 15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

It’s Midnight

Psalm 119: 62   

At midnight I rise to thank you.

Do you ever have trouble sleeping?

Blessing or Labor

Proverb 10: 4

Poor is one who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Say What?

Proverb 18: 20 – 21

From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled – with the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. Death and life are in the control of the tongue. Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit.

Alone . . . Not!

John 16: 32

Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

Page Two

Proverb 14: 7

Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge.

God’s Protection

Psalm 91: 1

One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.

Faith is not making a decision and expecting God to back it. Faith is only found in following Him.

Lucky Me!

Proverb 10: 22

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich.

It is the blessing of the Lord which is at work. The blessing of the Lord makes rich!

Healing Truth

Proverb 17: 22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

If you want a healthy body, then you need a joyful heart.

Who is my Brother?

Psalm 119:63

Anyone is my brother who fears and trusts the Lord and obeys him.

In these confusing times, it is nice to have theological guidance from the one who is best qualified to teach us, the Lord Himself.

Spirit Guide

Romans 8: 26

Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.


James 5: 13

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.

Slow Down

Proverb 16: 3 & 9

Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The mind of a person plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Finding Good

Proverb 16: 20

One who pays attention to the word will find good, and blessed is one who trusts in the LORD.


Psalm 145: 14

The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.

Word of the Day

Hebrews 4: 12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

A Glad heart

Proverb 12: 25 

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.

Anxiety Free

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Instead of being anxious, through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving . . .

Gentle Answer

Proverb 15: 1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.

The Stream of Knowledge

Proverb 14: 6

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Wisdom and Humility

Proverb 13: 10

Through overconfidence comes nothing but strife, but wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

Words, Deeds and Seeds

Proverb 12: 14

A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.

Kindness Benefit

Proverb 11: 17         NIV

Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Overtaken by Blessing

Proverb 10: 22

It is the Lord’s blessing that makes a person rich, and hard work adds nothing to it.

Wisdom Monday

Proverb 9: 10 – 11

The starting point for acquiring wisdom is to be consumed with awe as you worship Yahweh. To receive the revelation of the Holy One, you must come to the one who has living understanding. Wisdom will extend your life, making every year more fruitful than the one before.

Wisdom Calls

Proverb 8: 32, 35

Now then, sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways. For one who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.


It is most humbling seeing the kindness and generosity of your blessed and anointed hearts. Christ within you is so evident.  As your donations are coming in for the Bike MS event, not only am humbled, but I am also blessed and inspired.  I feel more impetus to get out on my bike and do my part for you and for those with MS.  I cannot do enough to thank you, but I will do my best. Here I am on a recent ride. This was at my 35 mile rest stop on a 50 mile ride.  That is my longest

Keep your Distance

Proverb 7: 8

Passing through the street near her corner; and he walks along the way to her house.

Seven Things

Proverb 6: 16 – 19

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who declares lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.

Happy Birthday

Galatians 5: 1

 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

First Love

Proverb 5: 1 – 5

My son, pay attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding, so that you may maintain discretion and your lips may comply with knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Acquire Wisdom

Proverb 4: 7

The beginning of wisdom is: acquire wisdom; and with all your possessions, acquire understanding.

Peace and Happiness

Proverb 3: 13 – 18

Blessed is a person who finds wisdom, and one who obtains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her produce better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are those who hold on to her.

Seeking Wisdom

Proverb 2: 1 – 5

My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom; incline your heart to understanding. For if you cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.

The Proverbs

Proverb 1: 1 – 7

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Happy Memorial Day

As we pause this weekend to remember and honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedom, let us also remember the one who initially purchased that freedom for us.  Love is known by this, that Jesus willingly laid down his life for us (1 John 3: 16) so that we might be free.

Revealed in You

John 14: 21

The one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.

The Good You See

John 14: 7 – 10

If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own, but the Father, as He remains in Me, does His works.”

The End

Psalm 150

Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Everything that has breath shall praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

I Am . . .

John 14: 6

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

Healing Word

James 3: 17

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, free of hypocrisy.

The important lesson from this little example is . . .

Heart Condition

Romans 2: 4

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and restraint and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Weapons of our Warfare

1 Corinthians 10: 4

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Let me show you this in a real-world example.

Weapons of Praise

Psalm 149: 6

God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war!


Psalm 62: 1

I wait quietly before God.

One of the most important spiritual lessons I had to learn was . . .

Fortress Dweller

Psalm 61: 1 – 3 

O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.


Psalm 115: 15

May you be blessed of the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.

I have noticed that there is a new expression that has gained much popularity.

Victory in Jesus

1 Corinthians 15: 57

And to God — thanks, to Him who is giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strong Leader

Psalm 148: 13 – 14

Let them praise the name of the Lord because his name is high above all others. His glory is above heaven and earth. He has given his people a strong leader, someone praiseworthy for his faithful ones, for the people of Israel, the people who are close to him. Hallelujah!

Defeating the Enemy

Mark 16: 15

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Do Good

1 Timothy 6: 18

Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.

One might use Christian ethics as a personal morality code, but that does not make us Christians.

Be Still my Heart

Psalm 46: 10

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Wisdom for the Wise

1 Corinthians 3: 19 – 20

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.”


Psalm 147: 10       NIV His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. I don’t know that I have ever seen this verse so clearly before. We see what we are able to see, what our hearts are prepared for. I accuse God of adding things to my Bible that weren’t there previously. It is amazing how you can read the same passage year upon year and then, all of a sudden,

Chosen One

Isaiah 41: 9

I have chosen you and not rejected you.

You gotta love this good news!

Role of a Minister

Ephesians 4: 11 – 12

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the purpose of equipping of the saints and the building up of the Body of Christ.

Gracious and Merciful

Psalm 145: 8

The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

Now isn’t that what you want in a best friend?

Better than Sheep

Psalm 145: 21 

I will praise you, Lord! Let everyone everywhere join me in praising the beautiful Lord of holiness from now through eternity!

Happy Days

Psalm 146: 5

Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the Lord their God.

Awesome Works

Psalm 145: 6

They tell of the power of your awesome works – and I will proclaim your great deeds.

Thinking Time

Philippians 4: 8 

Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.

It Ain’t Over Yet!

Genesis 37: 5

Then Joseph had a dream.

When you are feeling like life is the pits . . .

Freak Out!

Lamentations 3: 41

We raise our heart and hands toward God in heaven.

Imagine my horror when . . .

Exploding Heart

Psalm 145: 1

I will exalt You, my God, the King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever.

My heart explodes with praise to you! Now and forever my heart bows in worship to you, my King and my God!

Released to Grace

Luke 6: 37

Do not judge.

Grace & Judgment

John 3: 17

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Law & Grace

John 1: 17

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.


Deuteronomy 28: 6

“Blessed will you be when you come in, and blessed will you be when you go out.”

. . . you see Jesus’ fingerprints on the fabric of your life.

Who Are You?

Psalm 144: 3

O Lord, what are humans that you should care about them? What are mere mortals that you should think about them?

Keep the Faith

Genesis 21: 4

Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Pack Your Bags

Genesis 12: 1, 4 – 5 “Go from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” So Abram went away as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the people which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. We are still talking about getting in the game which is


Genesis 11: 31

Now Terah took his son Abram, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they departed together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran and settled there. The days of Terah were 205 years; and Terah died in Haran.

Get in the Game

Jeremiah 29: 11

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Your Good Paths

Psalm 143: 10 

I just want to obey all you ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for you are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to you, my one and only God!

He’s Alive

Acts 1: 3

To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of things regarding the kingdom of God.

Comfort and Assurance

Jeremiah 29: 12 -14

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes.


Psalm 25: 10

All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

Shepherding the Flock

Hebrews 13: 17

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Heart’s Cry

Psalm 142: 1 – 2

I cry out with my voice to the Lord; with my voice I implore the Lord for compassion. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him.


Luke 6: 37

Do not judge.

It is easy to be judgmental. Why? Because people are fallible.

Overcoming the World

Revelations 12:11

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.

Father Revealed

John 1: 18

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Are you as close to the Father as you would like to be?

Choosing the Twelve

Luke 6:12

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.

The reason I chose this verse is because it astounds me that. . .

Mouth Guard

Psalm 141: 3

Set a guard, Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

I imagine a cave entrance with a large angel standing watch over it.

Work or Work of God

Luke 10: 38 – 42

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who was also seated at the Lord’s feet, and was listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do the serving by myself? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; but only one thing is necessary; for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Good Happens

Lamentations 3: 25

The Lord is good to those who await Him, to the person who seeks Him.

What is the motivation for seeking God?

Three for One

1 Chronicles 28: 9

If you seek Him, He will let you find Him.

Seeking God builds relationship with Jesus and the Spirit.

Prayer Tree

Philippians 1: 4

[A]lways offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.

A funny thing happened on the way to a tree.

Indwelling Presence

Psalm 140: 13

Certainly the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.

That is what is attractive, living, dwelling daily in His presence.

Greatest and Worst

Mark 12: 28

One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”

“Which is the worst sin?”

Sweet Dreams

Psalm 139: 17 – 18

How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

David was having a grand encounter with God, in a dream


Romans 12: 6, 8

However, since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them properly . . . the one who is in leadership, with diligence.

There is such a thing as Biblical Leadership.

Divine Love

Romans 13: 10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.

1 John 4: 8
God is love.

To say that our Beloved allows evil to befall us is to . . .

He is Here

Psalm 139: 7

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

I used to be a person who was not good at being alone and I became lonely very easily.

Seek and Find

Luke 19: 10

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Messy Drawers

Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

This verse reminds me of someone I once knew. His desk was immaculate; no folders, papers or files upon it, but . . .

Runneth Over

Psalm 23: 5 – 6

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life, and my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever.


Psalm 23: 1 – 4

The Lord is my shepherd, I will not be in need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Safe Passage

Psalm 138: 7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will reach out with Your hand . . . and Your right hand will save me.


Mark 15: 46

Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been cut out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

In the attitude of seeking the Lord and reaffirming my devotion to Him . . .


Luke 18: 1

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged.

Focal Point

Exodus 32: 29

Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today.”


Luke 7: 7

For that reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You.

Come Home

Psalm 137: 4

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Love Me, Love You

Matthew 22: 37 – 40

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Love Rains

Matthew 5: 45

… so that you may prove yourselves to be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Jesus said What?

Matthew 5: 43 – 44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Super Love

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7

(Love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Always and Forever

Psalm 136: 1

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His faithfulness is everlasting.

Love Letter

1 Corinthians 13: 4-5

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered.

Hearing Check-up

Isaiah 30: 21

Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”


Isaiah 30: 18

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.

Waitin’ on Ya!

Isaiah 65: 24

It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.

How Do I Praise Thee

Psalm 135: 1

Praise the LORD!
Praise the name of the LORD;
Praise Him, you servants of the LORD.

Not Fair!

Matthew 20: 12

These who were hired last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day’s work and the scorching heat.

Arm’s Reach

James 4: 8

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

I have been trying to answer the question, “Why should we seek the Lord?”

Touch Him

Acts 17: 27

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

Praise Power

Psalm 22: 26

The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!

Bless the Lord

Psalm 134: 1

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord.


Psalm 105: 4

Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.

Seeking Covenant

2 Chronicles 15: 12

They entered into the covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul.

Lost and Found

1 Chronicles 22: 19

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.

2021 Message

Deuteronomy 4:29

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

The Excellency of Brotherly Unity

Psalm 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, as on Aaron’s beard, the oil which ran down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for the Lord commanded the blessing there – life forever.


Isaiah 41: 17

The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the Lord, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

Marching Orders

Romans 12: 9 – 13

Love must be free of hypocrisy. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor, not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Peace, Peace

Isaiah 32: 17

And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.


Psalm 30: 11 -12

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Word Seek

Psalm 132: 7

Let’s go into His dwelling place; let’s worship at His footstool.

As Living Stones

1 Peter 2: 4 – 5

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer Partner

Romans 8: 26

Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Crazy Days!

Jude 1: 17 – 21

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God.

Science Made Faith

Genesis 1: 2

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


Psalm 131: 1 – 3

Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes arrogant; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. I have certainly soothed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child resting against his mother, my soul within me is like a weaned child. Israel, wait for the Lord from this time on and forever.


Luke 22: 26

But it is not this way for you; rather, the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.

Radical Trust

Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream, and does not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit. Peace and trust have much to do with one another. I particularly was intrigued by the line that reads, “whose trust is the Lord.” Trust has become a person. It is more

Leadership Trait

2 Chronicles 32: 1 – 8

. . . And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.


2 Thessalonians 3: 16
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

Happiest New Year Ever

Revelation 21: 5
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Christmas Tidings

Merry Christmas!   Christmas tidings to every one of you. I pray that this Christmas Season will be a warm reminder of why you became a Christian.  I pray that your relationship with Christ will be rejuvenated and renewed.  It is also my hope that you will receive healing for the stress this year has brought. This arrangement, done by Diane Jones, reminds me that we can arrange our lives and thoughts according to the limitless grace of our dear Lord.  Though 2020 handed us many lemons, they can be squeezed and made into lemonade.  Diane’s arrangement encourages my spirit

Ponder Your Treasure

Luke 2: 15 – 20
When the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem, then, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen Him, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it were amazed about the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.


Luke 2: 8 – 11
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Three Magi

Matthew 2: 11 Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In western culture, the gifts of frankincense and myrrh hardly seem on par with the gift of gold. Is this, then, a dialogue on valuable gifts? Or, perhaps, invaluable gifts? It turns out that historically, frankincense and myrrh were at least as valuable as gold and many historians believe them to have been more valuable than gold. I got this from Dr. Axe regarding these ancient oils. Visit his website at Myrrh is a resin, or sap-like substance, that is one

Father of Forgiveness

Psalm 130: 1 – 4
Out of the depths I have cried to You, Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my pleadings. If You, Lord, were to keep account of guilty deeds, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.


Isaiah 7: 14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will name Him Immanuel.

Comfort and Joy

Jeremiah 31: 13
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

It’s Time for Christmas

Isaiah 19: 20
And it will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry out to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will save them.

Unto Me

Matthew 25: 37 – 40
Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’


Psalm 129: 4
The Lord is righteous. He has cut me loose from the ropes that wicked people tied around me.


Psalm 51: 11
Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


Psalm 51: 10
Create in me a clean heart, God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
What I hear in this . . .


Psalm 51: 1 – 4
Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithfulness; according to the greatness of Your compassion, wipe out my wrongdoings. Wash me thoroughly from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my wrongdoings, and my sin is constantly before me.

Thanksgiving Tuesday

Luke 6: 38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
Today is giving Tuesday.

Blessings to You

Psalm 128: 1 – 2
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the fruit of the labor of your hands, you will be happy and it will go well for you.


Psalm 100: 4
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courtyards with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

Glory and Majesty

Jude 1: 24 – 25
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Healing Hopes

Psalm 107:20
He sent His word and healed them, and saved them from their destruction.

Vanity, Vanity

Psalm 127: 1
Unless the Lord builds a house, they who build it labor in vain.

Wise One

Matthew 7:24
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

Christian Model

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves. It you really want to see Christianity in action, here is your verse. Christians are supposed to put the needs of others ahead of their own. We are supposed to consider others as more important than ourselves. That is what Jesus did. He sacrificed his wants and needs for the rest of us. He didn’t want to be crucified. He didn’t want to die. He gave himself for us. We see this in others. I cannot help but think of

Words of the Heart

Matthew 15: 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and those things defile the person. Matthew 12:34 You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, express any good things? For the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart. Jesus said that in the last days, wolves would come dressed as sheep so we must be adept at discerning who is of the truth and who is not. Jesus said you would know the wolves (and the sheep) by their fruit. Yesterday, I sent you the test. It comes out of Colossians

The Test

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, a heart of compassion, humility, bearing with one another, and forgiving each other.


Psalm 126: 1 – 2 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, it was as if we were dreaming. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with joyful songs. Then the nations said, “The Lord has done spectacular things for them.” I claim this passage on behalf of our generation. We have been challenged. We have a global pandemic which has claimed many lives and upended our lives for most of the year. The weather has been tumultuous, and that is probably an understatement. There have been tornadoes, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, fires, mudslides, earthquakes, unseasonable temperatures


So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. In addition to all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.


This third chapter of Colossians is Paul’s instruction regarding how one’s life changes after accepting Christ.

Rid Yourself

This is key language, certainly. I have been thinking quite a lot lately about what our faith requires of us. If I call myself a Christian, is there more to it than my salvation?

Seeking Life Above

The clear message from this passage is that our thoughts should be with Christ where he is seated. We should be seeking those things above.

Stirred, not Shaken

Trusting in God means we remind ourselves of what He has said instead of casually letting thoughts run through our minds. It also means correcting our thinking.

The Time is Now

May I suggest, the hour is now. We are in the hour of which John spoke. Do you have any doubt about that? One good thing the year 2020 has done for us, or should have done for us, is to focus us on that which is important. We should have clarity about the focus of our lives.

My Prayer

Yes Lord! Let peace continually reign over the hearts of everyone within the reach of my pen (or computer, as it were.) Grant them . . .

Prayer Time

This may be one of the most important devotionals I write all year. 

Paul’s Mission Statement

Did you every wonder how the Apostle Paul perceived his mission? In order to complete the race the Lord has set before us, we must understand and accept our personal mission. Paul, in writing to Timothy, tells us wat his was. It is twofold. First is love, second is faith.

Help and Hope

I am reminded, today, that psalms are actually songs. As we think about this as music, there is tendency, perhaps, to try to categorize the psalms generally but also this one specifically. One wouldn’t likely call it a ditty, maybe a lament instead. Would you expect this . . .

Abundant Thanks Lord

This verse is for me today. I would like to be this person. Of all the things I think I could change about me, this is one I would like to succeed at. I doubt I am the only person who feels they do not praise the Lord enough or give Him enough thanks.

Show Me

What struck me about this verse, though, is not the benefit to us as much as the relationship the Father and Son enjoy.

Help! I’m Dying

What is a Christian? At one level it is a very easy question to answer. At another level, we believe there is more to being a Christian than merely our beliefs and our confession.


This verse is an important verse for each of us to know and understand. Without it, much of the Bible loses its efficacy. However, with it, the Old Testament is as vibrant and life giving as the New Testament.

Mercy & Favor

What a sad truth this is; we bear the scorn and contempt of a world which has lost faith in the one true God.

Force vs. Force

I want to tell you a little story today. It seems these days, some of my best moments come when I am riding my bike. Recently, on the night before a scheduled bike ride, I invited God to go on the ride with me the following day. On the day of the ride . . .

Hands from Afar

You see here a methodology for healing. We’ve a little problem with this today though. We are supposed to be socially distanced from one another. How do we lay hands on the sick when we pray for them?

Not Jesus, Not God, but Us?

Taken together we learned, first, that God did not send Jesus into the earth to judge the world. Second, we are told that the Father is not judging anyone Himself. Therefore . . .

The Next Words

I have been riding my bike quite a bit this summer and one interesting observation of note is the number and variety of places I have seen quoted John 3: 16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Peace and Prosperity

As Christians, we have an interesting heritage and lots of homes. Like the Jews we have roots in Jerusalem as our home because we have been adopted into the family of Abraham.

Grace and Knowledge

A friend and I were talking yesterday when he said he feels like he has lost a year of his life to Covid. I well imagine a lot of us feel that way. It gave me pause, though, and I have two responses to it.


Who am I, Lord, that you should take notice of me? Who am I that you should care for me when I am just a worm and unworthy? I will tell who I am. I am a worm for whom Jesus bled, suffered, and died.

Word Works

Today’s verse is the verse I have repeated to myself day after day. I had to have it to hang on to. These are our Father’s own words. He brought them to me.

Bless my Soul

When we speak of the Lord guarding and protecting us, we often think of the physical protection and security of our bodies and homes. . . it is important to have safeguards for your soul as well.

Fullness of Joy

It is very easy to believe that fullness of joy exists in the Lord’s presence. How could there be anything else? When we work backwards through this verse . . .

I Am

We are still learning so much about who (and what) God is. When Moses asked Him who he should say sent him, God said, “I am.”

Heal and Restore

The keys for national healing is the exact reflection of what we need on a personal level for healing. Let us look at these three important elements to national and personal healing.

Fear, Faith and Wisdom

My friend, Ann, brought up a really good point recently. She expressed concern over whether we are walking in faith or fear. This is always a good question but especially now during the corona virus situation.


You can appropriate any and all Bible promises, including this from today’s psalm, because they all belong to you.

Statutory Lamp

The psalmist knows that peace, strength, and blessing are in the precepts of the Lord. He finds his strong tower and his shield in the law of God. The statutes of God are not laws to be despised to this psalmist. He understands that God has given the law as a means to aid and protect His loved ones. They are life and healing to those who find them. Today’s verse shows that God’s word is a guiding light.

Rocks and Stones

“The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” As the foundational stone, the integrity of the whole building relies upon the cornerstone. It determines the strength of the whole building.


The entire psalm is two verses and every word is wonderful. Two things struck me, though. First, this psalm is directed towards all nations and all people. Think of that. Imagine all the people of the world praising Yahweh, lauding Him with praise. Is that not a beautiful image? That day will come. We can meditate on it now, rolling that image around in our minds. All the peoples of the world will sing praises to the Lord, our God and we will praise Him in unison, many languages in harmony. Wow!

Peace My Soul

This is a good psalm and I think you will find comfort in many of its verses. I chose these two verses because they shouted to me about the peace we can find in our Lord.

Mocked and Scorned

This is one of the things which has most bothered me about the corona virus outbreak. No nation has had a bigger outbreak than the United States. My thinking is that we ought to fare well because of our God. Let me show you this same verse from the Passion Translation. It reads, “Why should the unbelievers mock us, saying, ‘Where is this God of yours?’” Does that not aggravate you a little? It bothers me a lot. This great nation, established in and by God is struggling with the viral outbreak. Why?


This psalm is about how the earth yielded to the command of the Lord when Israel fled from Egypt. The sea parted, the river stood back, and rocks even produced drinking water. This may be a good meditation for a world overrun by a viral enemy.


This is one of those verses which has different readings in different translations. There are varying nuances on the theme, and you might be interested in reading it in different Bibles. One of the easy ways to do that is to go to Bible Gateway. You can bring up this, or any other passage, in multiple translations at once. I landed here for one simple reason.

Righteous Life

Today’s passage shows the characteristics and benefits of a life lived in reverence to the Lord. It describes the life of the person who loves the Lord. Blessing and prosperity adorn his life and he is prosperous in all his ways. It also shows his personality traits, traits which are gained through living enamored with God.

Our Time

My favorite verse in this psalm is actually verse 10, “The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That is the verse I intended to use for today’s Word of the Day. I didn’t use it because when I read verse 4 this idea of God’s compassion overtook my mind and heart. I was immediately given to understand that being in the Lord is how we are able to express compassion and to be gracious. Those two traits might not be intrinsic to humans, but we have the ability to express them expansively because He is in us giving life to our mortal bodies. His life within us is filling us with His goodness so that we have His love to share with others. This, the love and compassion of our dear Father, is what the world needs now, most of all.


Melchizedek is an interesting figure. He appeared in Genesis 14: 18 after Abram defeated the three kings. Interestingly, though, Melchizedek is mentioned more often in the New Testament than the Old. When Abram returned from the battle, Melchizedek, the King of Salem and High Priest of God, brought out bread and wine to Abram. Abram, in turn, gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the spoils of war. Very interesting indeed!

Hand of Salvation

There are two aspects of these verses which sing to me. The first is that our Father saves according to His kindness. The second is that our salvation shall be recognized as the grace which comes from the hand of the Lord God, Yahweh, our Father and deliverer.


These two verses capture well how I feel about the coronavirus situation. We have battled it with our human wisdom, yet it seems we are getting nowhere. I appreciate the Herculean efforts researchers and medical personnel are investing in this problem. They truly are heroes. However, despite their tireless efforts, the virus continues to ravage the world. It is truly amazing how it tears through populations. We need intervention, Divine intervention.

Saved and Healed

Happy Monday all! I pray you are well and longing for a fresh word from the Lord. This psalm is a favorite of mine because it tells of God sending us His Word and the impact it has on human life. The Word heals. Amen.

I have this psalm, specifically verse 20, among the scriptures I give to people when they have need of physical healing. Of course, it is equally applicable to emotional or mental healing as well. I have also used it in the Word of the Day at least 18 times. I believe it has a strong message that will feed life to us. Today, however, I was equally struck by the verses accompanying verse 20 because together they tell a potent story. In context we learn that the people cried out to the Lord in their day of trouble. I cannot think of a period, in my lifetime, when we have been in greater trouble. When the people spoken of in this psalm cried out to the Lord, he saved them from their distress.

Good Prayer

Save me, show me your favor, let me find joy, prosperity, happiness and praise. Not a bad prayer, especially when you consider the psalmist asks the Lord to lead him to praise. All these things; favor, salvation, prosperity, etc. ultimately lead us to praise. Don’t you believe that praise, bragging about the great things God is doing in your life, leads to more praise and, subsequently, to more of those great things? The more I focus my mind and words on praise and thanksgiving, the more praise and thanksgiving well up in my heart.


This is a good word and a good reminder. When we sin, it is often with our mouths. I know I need hear these verses routinely to keep me reminded to watch my mouth. I did an entire series on this one little verse once. It is packed with meaning and when you unpack it, you find these are very powerful words. I am sure that Paul did not choose them lightly.


As you may have noticed, I am reading Colossians, the third chapter, and if you look at the digital Bible I am reading from, you will see that almost every verse is highlighted and the only reason it isn’t all highlighted is because I restrained myself. This chapter is a primer for the what the Christian life is to be. Today’s passage really spoke to me and I want to suggest that it is the seminal passage for this time in our history. However, we are so far from this paradigm right now, that I hesitate to speak what alit on my heart as I read it. Then again, many writers of truth have been shouted down throughout history and berated for speaking the truth. Just look at Paul, John and Peter for starters.

Hidden and Revealed

We talked about seeking on Monday. Here Paul tells us what else we should seek. So far this year, we have seen that we are to seek the Lord, His strength and His face continually (Psalm 105: 4), His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6: 33, and now the things which are above. The shorthand is, fix your eyes on Jesus. Keep looking at him because in him is all that matters. All the universe is in him because he is the light, the life and the way.

Year of Jubilee

Well, we certainly did return to our own property and stayed there. 2020 is the year we will not forget. Many people have surrounded themselves with more deep thought and philosophy in the months since the coronavirus invaded our lives than perhaps in entire years. Here is the question, though, what do you want to be able to say in say, 2022 when you look back at this year? Will you be able to say that despite the monumental challenges, the unprecedented impact upon our way of living, that you, none the less, we’re able to come out the other side having gained something important?


Psalm 105: 4 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually. Perhaps the most important, certainly some of the best advice in the Bible, this verse speaks the essence of the intertwined partnership, a valuable life model. Seeking Yahweh’s face in every event, even in every moment of life establishes a life lived with God Himself. It is the epitome of Christian experience. The keyword in this verse is, “continually.” Seeking God’s face continually implies an action and denotes where our energy is spent. However, the precursor of seeking God’s face is staying our thoughts upon Him. Having

Inhale / Exhale

Job 33: 4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Let’s return to the breath. I should have shared this with you long ago. My friend Chuck Goldberg taught me this, so here we go. I have shown you that the Breath of God is the Holy Spirit. Step one complete. Step two – we have talked about the name of God before, Yahweh. Now, Chuck has taught us that the name of God is actually the breath. What? Step three. Okay, so here is the lesson. Divide the name Yahweh


1 Timothy 3: 7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Paul, in writing to Timothy, gave direction regarding the qualifications for church leaders. This verse points out one of the requirements, i.e. that he must have a good reputation outside of the church. I don’t know that we discuss these requirements often, in the general church but perhaps we should. Even if you have been privy to the discussions, is a person’s reputation outside the church something often considered? When

Immersed and Intertwined

John 21: 1 – 8 Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know

Receive the Breath

John 20: 21 – 22 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Why in the world did Jesus breathe on his disciples? After yesterday’s Word of the Day, I bet you know the answer. Let’s ponder this just a moment though. Yesterday we saw that the breath is the Spirit. We also saw that where this breath is there is life and when there is the absence, there is


Psalm 104: 29 – 30 You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the ground. You might not know it to just read these two verses, but they contain a couple of insights into the Divine Trinity and creation. In order to show the revelation which is contained here, let us first read this passage from a different translation. “When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. When you give

Obligated by Love

Romans 1: 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Of course these words were written by Paul who was a preacher, like me. He encountered what we all do, the ministry to the saints juxtaposed to the ministry to the non-saved. There is more to this than simply preaching to saved and unsaved. Of course, the message is different when addressed to those who are already saved. Beyond that, though, there is a requirement in this verse of our obligation to the unsaved. The obligation is to the

Proven and True

2 Samuel 22: 31 God’s way is perfect! The promise of the Lord has proven to be true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. I really like when the Father starts showing me verse upon verse which combine to illuminate His teaching. Every verse this week has built upon the previous one. It began with “Blessing the Lord” in which we learned that believing God’s promises blesses Him. Today we arrive at a word of assurance. We have been looking at a model for prayer. This model is dependent upon God’s Word and His


Job 22:28 You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways. What do you think of when you hear the word “decree?” You probably do not think of the Bible. This verse from Job goes along with yesterday’s Word of the Day. Click Here to go to yesterday’s devotional. This is still about prayer. We are learning that prayer is much more than a laundry list of requests. It also does not equate to begging God to do something for us. Prayer is much more about finding what God

Prayer Model (revisited)

Psalm 103: 20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! We have talked about prayer a good bit this year and I have tried to introduce you to a prayer model that may be a little different from what we learned as kids. I have also tried to show you the important role that angels and God’s Word play in prayer. This verse fairly shouts. God’s kingdom operates according to His Word and both God and His angels are listening, attentive to the utterance of His Word. Most

Bless the Lord

Psalm 103: 1 – 5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I remember well when it came home to roost in my heart. I was in Florida, getting

Peaceful Ease

Proverb 3: 23 – 24 Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. This is a picture of what Christian life should be. It is a life of peace, tranquility and security. The fully realized Christian is able to lie down and sleep in peace because there is no fear or worry. They enjoy sweet sleep. Good sleep alone is a reason this verse is attractive, but I really like the picture it paints of a

The Crimson Lens

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. In 2015 I wrote a devotion titled “The Crimson Veil.” The substance of that article is about the effect the blood has on our relationship with the Father. When He looks at us, He looks through a crimson veil, that veil being the blood of Christ. God sees Jesus’ righteousness and worth when He looks at us because He looks through the veil of sacrificial blood. Speaking for myself, that is a powerful image and certainly helps